The news is stark:
97% of the food we eat in Colorado is imported from out-of-state,
and 97% of the food we grow in Colorado is exported.
For those of us who believe that access to healthy, natural, locally grown food is a good thing, that’s “not good.” Owners of farm-to-table restaurants (recently estimated at 80 independent places in Boulder) have regularly challenges in sourcing all the ethical food they need, and the farmer’s market serves a tiny percentage of the produce consumed in our city and county.
So what do we do about it? There many, interdependent answers to that question. To discuss them, join us in participating in these two events next week (below). In addition to promoting his book and work with Business Association For Local Living Economies, Shuman is finishing a report on the strategy necessary to shift Boulder and Colorado from 3% food localization to 25%. Stay tuned to this channel for more on that report.
Although we’re not formally sponsoring these events, you can expect more discussions along these lines from the HUB, as we come online more and more this year.
BUILDING VIBRANT LOCAL BUSINESS COMMUNITIES: A CONVERSATION WITH MICHAEL SHUMAN, Feb. 21, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Sterling Rice Group, 1801 13th St., Boulder
Presented by Best Organics & Compass Natural, in partnership with Transition Colorado
Join us “At the Epicenter” for an evening with MichaelShuman, economist, attorney, entrepreneur, and author of Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street.” His latest book explores low-cost strategies local businesses are using to secure new capital from alternative, community-oriented sources.
Shuman is the Research Director for Cutting Edge Capital, Economic Development Director for the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), and a Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute. He has led community-based economic-development and local food initiatives across the country, including working extensively with Transition Colorado to help create sustainable businesses and jobs in the Boulder-Denver area.
This evening is an opportunity to speak with a leading thinker in local and sustainable economic development. Shuman will discuss economic impacts of food localization along the Colorado Front Range.
Space is limited, Register here: http://shumanattheepicenter.eventbrite.com/
$12 pp; $7 students (must show ID at door).
AN EVENING WITH MICHAEL SHUMAN, AUTHOR OF LOCAL DOLLARS, LOCAL SENSE, Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m., Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder
In Local Dollars, Local Sense (Chelsea Green publishers), local economy pioneer MichaelShuman shows investors, including the nearly 99% who are unaccredited, how to put money into building local businesses economies–and profit in the process. A toolbox for social change, this book delivers the most thorough overview available of local investment options explains the obstacles, and profiles investors who have paved the way.Local Dollars, Local Sense eloquently shows how to protect your financial future–and your community’s.
Michael Shuman, based in Silver Springs MD, has led community-based economic-development and local food initiatives across the country.
Vouchers are $5 and get you $5 off the author’s featured book or a purchase on the day of the event. Vouchers can be purchased in advance and over the phone. Call the Boulder Book Store at 303-447-2074.